In this gripping debut procedural, a young London policewoman must probe dark secrets buried deep in her own family’s past to solve a murder and a long-ago disappearance.
Your father is a liar. But is he a killer?
Even liars tell the truth . . . sometimes.
Twenty-six-year-old Cat Kinsella overcame a troubled childhood to become a Detective Constable with the Metropolitan Police Force, but she’s never been able to banish these ghosts. When she’s called to the scene of a murder in Islington, not far from the pub her estranged father still runs, she discovers that Alice Lapaine, a young housewife who didn’t get out much, has been found strangled.
Cat and her team immediately suspect Alice’s husband, until she receives a mysterious phone call that links the victim to Maryanne Doyle, a teenage girl who went missing in Ireland eighteen years earlier. The call raises uneasy memories for Cat—her family met Maryanne while on holiday, right before she vanished. Though she was only a child, Cat knew that her charming but dissolute father wasn’t telling the truth when he denied knowing anything about Maryanne or her disappearance. Did her father do something to the teenage girl all those years ago? Could he have harmed Alice now? And how can you trust a liar even if he might be telling the truth?
Determined to close the two cases, Cat rushes headlong into the investigation, crossing ethical lines and trampling professional codes. But in looking into the past, she might not like what she finds. . . .
An Amazon Best Book of August 2018: In 1998 a girl called Maryanne disappears on the West coast of Ireland. Twenty years later, a woman called Alice turns up murdered in Islington. One of the DCs assigned to investigate Alice’s murder, twenty-six year old Cat Kinsella, knew Maryanne and saw her talking to Cat’s father, a fixer for a London gangster, the last day anyone ever saw her alive. Now Alice’s body has been found near the pub once run by Cat’s Dad. Cat’s estranged from her dad; suspicion that he had a hand in Maryanne’s disappearance has poisoned her relationship with him over the years. Now, keeping her connection to both victims quiet, she must solve the case even if doing so confirms her worst fears. The story swings from long ago to present-day, from London to Ireland, from happy memories to bitter mistrust, from secrets kept to lies uncovered, without ever missing a beat. Threading it all together, sharp-eyed and sharp-tongued, Cat Kinsella is one of the most compelling detectives I’ve come across in ages as she drives this read-it-in-one-sitting mystery to a genuinely surprising ending. --Vannessa Cronin